OKI's Reforestation Effort Marks Ninth Consecutive Year of Environmental Contributions in Thailand
TOKYO, September 15, 2016 -- OKI Data Corporation, an OKI Group company specializing in the printer business, today announced its involvement in planting 6,000 national designated protection saplings in clear-cut areas in Amphoe Muak Lek, Saraburi Province, in central Thailand, where OKI Data Corporation operates a manufacturing site. This effort is expected to expand forest cover by 48,000 square meters. A total of 230 personnel from Thailand's Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and employees from OKI Data Manufacturing (Thailand) Co., Ltd. ("ODMT" hereinafter), a manufacturing site for printers and multifunction printers (MFPs), took part in this activity, part of a series of conservation and local community efforts in which OKI has participated over the years. The occasion marks the ninth consecutive year ODMT has contributed to this particular initiative.
Founded in 1994, ODMT is a flagship manufacturing site that annually manufactures and ships 500,000 printers and MFPs for the global market. ODMT is active in various social contribution efforts for local communities, including afforestation activities.
As part of its ODMT Green Project(*1), ODMT has undertaken environmental conservation efforts every year since 2008. This year, based on discussions with the Royal Forest Department of the Ministry, tree planting efforts targeted Tambon Nong Yang Suea, Amphoe Muak Lek, Province Saraburi, Thailand, an area adjacent to a plot reforested last year. The saplings ODMT helped plant include teak and padauk, species targeted for conservation in Thailand based on guidance provided by experts.
"We've participated in various social contribution efforts on behalf of local communities, including planting 48,300 saplings in coastal areas and national parks and building water weir barriers and canal cleaning in Ayutthaya, where our plant is located," said Teiji Shoji, President of ODMT. "We're active in other ways, too. We provide funding support and donate writing supplies like pens and notebooks for local school children, and we accept interns from universities and vocational schools. Based on OKI's tradition of contributing to local communities, we're committed to ongoing greening activities, cleaning efforts inside and outside our factory, and providing support for local schools."
With the goal of furthering the conservation and sustainable management of forests worldwide, the OKI Group is committed to environmental conservation activities rooted in regional communities.
- *1 :The ODMT Green Project was established to prevent global warming in 2008. The project involves a series of resource and environmental conservation efforts, including planting and other greening activities and the construction of water weir barriers.
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